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Even with the late spring, it looks like we’ll have open water on most if not all of our major walleye lakes. Last year was a different story and my opener was delayed by a week because the lake we wanted to fish on (Leech) was still locked up.

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The first fishing excursions of the open water season here in central Minnesota are almost always the ice-out, shallow water crappies which usually signals the beginning of our open water exploits. I look forward to this early season because we are all eager to hit the water and crappies are abundant and easy to catch, especially during the early period of May.

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You could wait for the big Minnesota opener to go walleye fishing, but if you’re the impatient type there are some great options with red hot action going on right now.

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After this unbearable winter, we have finally made it into April and we all anticipate open water and the fishing season to come. Because this winter was such a bear, you can expect some hitches in the open water dates and possibly some complications with lakes that are still ice locked.

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It’s been a tough winter but warmer temps have finally arrived which really knocked down the snow pack that had hampered mobility and kept a lot of anglers off the ice. There are those that believe the integrity of the ice has been damaged as well but it’s simply not so.

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